Enjoying the outside inside

  Contemporary living often includes an “outdoor” kitchen, even a fireplace and a lounging area, all under cover and sheltered from the elements. Temperate weather doesn’t mean staying indoors. If you plan it right you can stay warm, cosy and dry in a purpose-built outdoor room. Here are some of Metropol’s tips for the essentials… […]

Bring some French romance to your bedroom

  French décor is one of the world’s most enduring styles, and head of the list is the bedroom or boudoir.     One of the most embraced and romantic is the country bedroom. From casual to chic, this style is often about soft feminine neutrals and pastels or the complete opposite, more masculine yet […]

Stay in and exercise

  Regular exercise has been found to improve mental health, build-up fitness and help to stave off numerous medical conditions.     Exercising during the colder winter months may not be as pleasant as jogging along the beach in summer, yet there are many forms of indoor workouts that can be embraced to achieve the […]

Holiday fun in Otautahi

  Term two school holidays run from Saturday 10 July to Sunday 25 July which means there’s plenty of time for young and old to have fun.     Christchurch City Council libraries throughout the region have numerous awesome school holiday programmes, some of which need to be booked, while others are just “drop-in” and […]

From the editor: 8 July 2021

  Another fortnight has passed, along with the shortest day and some typically Canterbury winter weather. Four seasons in one day might easily be our current theme song, yet we still have much to be thankful for.   All around the region innovative new and fledgling projects continue to develop housing, business and civil amenities […]

Working with murals

  Wall murals are an easy way to turn a plain wall into an artistic expression and also an art form that dates back to around 30,000BC.       Well-known ancient murals include paintings in the Chauvet cave in France, found in Egyptian tombs in 3150BC, Pompeii in 100BC-AD79 and Minoan places around 1700-1600BC. […]

Working the lens

  Aspiring to be a model is a dream shared by many and with today’s demand for a range of shapes, sizes, ages and ethnicities, the industry is becoming more diverse than ever.   Mel Radford Brown (pictured left) has carved both a career and a business from the modelling game, and is always keen […]

Sunshine on a cloudy day

  Colour, texture and textile can make a world of difference to how you feel, especially when it comes to fashion.     Wool is a must for winter warmth, whether it is in the form of merino inner and outer layers, cashmere scarves, chunky socks, and of course a luscious thick coat.   As […]

Precious time together

  One of the greatest gifts families can give to one another is regularly spending time together.     Studies have shown that quality time helps strengthen and build family bonds and also provides a sense of belonging and security for everyone in the family. Strong family bonds also encourage better behaviour in children, improve […]

Firing on all rockets

The recent launch of the Crown and Kaitōrete Ltd’s joint venture, Project Tāwhaki, provides a much-needed boost to Canterbury’s fledgling aerospace industry.     The joint venture has bought 1000ha on the Kaitōrete Spit, looking to protect and rejuvenate its unique environment and to develop aerospace R&D facilities, including a possible launch facility. Pundits view […]